Well, it's fall and I love fall and all that comes with it- rain, turning leaves, pumpkin everything. So this week I took the kids to a pumpkin farm.
We've been to lots of pumpkin patches in our area but this one was new to us and it's now my new favorite.
Josiah says it's too bright. Washington native for sure.
|Oh, this is one of my favorite things in the world: seeing my big kids learning to love serving their younger siblings.|
There's Josiah's smile!
|James makes a super cute horsey sound.|
|See the wooden cow Josiah is roping?|
|I guess cows need milk to make milk.|
1. "Horses" albeit pretty cute horses made out of yarn, plastic barrels and wood.
2. A tractor
3. A large wooden cow and a calf feeding bottle.
Why is this fun?
It's agritourism! We pay to play that we are doing what some people do for a living! RIght?
I have always felt just a tiny but conflicted about this. Part of me wants to run a get-up like this when my husband and I are grandparents... and the other part of me thinks wait! I want my kids to have a blast on a real horse or a real tractor or feeding a real calf. Admittedly, my view of farm life is a bit romantic. You know, all those cute animals and healthy appetites from workin' out in the fresh air. That's just what I think about sometimes when I'm paying to visit a "working dairy farm" that has a pumpkin patch and a coffee stand. Or a U-pick blueberry farm that that serves up blueberry breakfasts at it's onsite restaurant. Or a roadside attraction that charges for rides behind a tractor in a garbage can painted like a cow. Or a pumpkin patch that boasts helicopter rides over the cornmaze and goats that walk on narrow bridges above our heads to food dispensers filled by your well-placed quarter.
But do you want to know what I really want? My own agritourism business?
No. I want one of these:
I want my own big barn full of corn to play in. We had so much fun smooshing through this enormous sandbox of corn.
I wonder if they have to cover this up at night... Or if they have rodent problems...
So here's why this is my new favorite pumpkin farm in our area: It comes down to the money, really. It was a flat fee for entering the play area with a very few extra activities that had to be paid for separately. We opted out of those extra things but didn't come away with the feeling that we were missing out. With 6 kids, we try to choose our group activities carefully and plan ahead.
I'm out of pictures.
I'm probably not out of ranty/rave-y thoughts about agritourism but it's okay that don't share them all in one post.